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Poster: xtifr Date: Apr 10, 2009 6:41pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

Waah! Http doesn't have wildcard support! :(

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgreenone Date: Apr 10, 2009 6:48pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

Downthemall does. :)

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Poster: xtifr Date: Apr 13, 2009 12:27am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

But it only matches substrings, so, for example, "*.flac" will get you every file with ".flac" anywhere in the name, not just those that end with .flac. (You can get around this with regular expressions, but it's much more complicated and arcane).

Furthermore, DTA uses a graphical user interface, which makes it rather inconvenient for the vision-impaired, or for those trying to download to remote machines (something I do frequently). This is also why it won't run under GNU Screen, which is a major inconvenience for those of us who have shared computers (i.e. people with a family).

Furthermore, DTA requires Firefox, and many people prefer Opera or Safari or Epiphany or Konqueror or Chrome (I won't mention the one with the blue "e" because anyone who prefers that deserves to suffer).

I understand that FTP can be a bit of a pain to administer (although in my experience, it's the uploads that are the real pain, and a download FTP service is relatively straightforward), but I still feel like I'm being punished for being technically competent and smart. That's why I stopped using Microsoft products, but unfortunately, the Archive doesn't have any decent alternatives, unlike MS. :(

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Poster: deadhead_1971 Date: Apr 24, 2009 9:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

I also agree that the lack of ftp support is a major step backward. Allowing HTTP transfers is a good option form many who don't even know what FTP is, but it could have been implimneted as another option and not the only option. Someone without a FTP client on their pc would not simply donwload that way, with other users that might prefer FTP having both options.

Nothwithstanding your comment about maintaining the seperate FTP, it is of course you call as to whether you should provide both. I understand fully the complexity of maintaing a large network and you site is certainly falls into that realm.

I beleive the majority of your users are probably more technical than the average www visitor and that as time goes on you will get more complaints about the lack of ftp support.

Of course no matter what you decide to do, the site is absoluety GREAT ! !

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Poster: FaceOnMars Date: May 17, 2009 11:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

I would simply like to concur: removing FTP is a MAJOR step backwards.

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Poster: deadhead_1971 Date: Apr 24, 2009 8:35pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

OK, I am now a convert to the downthemall product. I like to keep things simple and rarely go outside the Microsoft sphere of products. I have too many servers and PC running MS software so I don't need any compatibility issues. However, based on your recomendation, I downloaded the FireFox browser and Downthemall (DTA) onto my personal PC and everything works just fine and in fact there is a lot more flexibility when using the DTA product specificall the ability to create custom file ext filters, something that was not available with the ftp client I was using (WSFTP)

Alls well that ends well and if anyone is having FTP withdrawal symptoms try the above solution.

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Poster: glenn Date: May 11, 2009 9:07pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: FTP read-access is going away

I use DTA but would still very much prefer 2-way ftp. I get more checksum failures with http downloads, so it's not simpler for me at all.

I'm not at all happy about losing ftp access.